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Maguire could miss Manchester derby: Ole

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Manchester United 0

Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire

By Robert Jones

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unsure if England defender Harry Maguire will be fit to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final tomorrow.

The 26-year-old appeared to be limping following a first-half challenge on Adama Traore during United's 0-0 draw with Wolves in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

Phil Jones was preparing to come on for Maguire but the centre-back eventually completed the 90 minutes and Jones was an unused substitute.

Solskjaer admitted he considered taking Maguire off at half-time and, when asked whether the defender would be fit for the first leg against City at Old Trafford, he replied: "I don't know.

"We were close to taking him off at half-time, but he battled through. Let's see how he recovers. We hope so."

Maguire has only missed four games in all competitions this season and has played every minute of the club's Premier League campaign.

United are already missing defenders Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly and if Maguire is deemed unfit, Jones will likely play alongside Victor Lindelof in the heart of the defence.

Solskjaer added: "We were not sure if he should continue in the second half, but he was adamant he was going to be okay.

"He struggled a little bit but let's see how he recovers. It's not many days, it's Sunday, Monday and then we go again Tuesday."

Matt Doherty has, meanwhile, backed Wolves to cause United more FA Cup pain.

Wolves are unbeaten in five games against United since their return to the Premier League last season and knocked them out of the FA Cup last March.

They have also beaten Manchester City twice this term and took three points against Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal last season.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side now face a replay at Old Trafford this month but Doherty remains unfazed.

He said: "In big games our record is quite good. Against the so-called top six we play very well, and we seem to get on the positive side of the result more often than not.

"When these teams come here, we're not scared. We know what we have to do, we know how to play against them, and we back ourselves to beat them."

Doherty was denied an opener by Sergio Romero's stunning save while Raul Jimenez hit the bar late on, with Marcus Rashford hitting the woodwork for United.

Republic of Ireland international Doherty also had a goal disallowed when his header deflected off his arm in the second half. He said: "With the way the rules are nowadays, I knew it wasn't going to be allowed. I think the ref even blew up as it went in the net and he gave the free-kick straight away.

"I would've known if it'd hit my shoulder, but I knew that it hit my arm, so I just ran back because there's no point in arguing. I knew what was going to happen.

"We might have (got away with the handball if there was no VAR), but I guess this is the day and age you don't get away with anything anymore.

"I guess that's what VAR is for, to rule out stuff like that when it hits your arm. I don't know if it was still going to go in or not, but those are the rules."

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